Must Watch Song Jae Rim on WGM!

Anyone watched Inspiring Generation? I know some of the KHJ fans amongst you might have.

I didn’t. Not a fan of KHJ’s acting and even less of a fan for period or most non-contemporary dramas. But those of you who had watched it will probably remember this guy.

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Or maybe you’d watched The Moon That Embraces The Sun?

Yea, that’s a period drama, I know, but hehe, I’d watched that coz I was curious about Kim Soo Hyun after watching My Love From The Star. So, I couldn’t help but notice that cold, strong, silent imperial bodyguard of a friend…

Guess I’ve always had a thing for this kind of eyes – long, narrow sexy slits… (think So Ji Sub!)

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Or maybe some of you might have seen him in Flower Boy Ramyun Shop? I read that he’s in that drama too *shrugs*

Why on earth am I talking about him? Coz he’s so hot funny smexy cheesy… oh, he’s ALL OF THE ABOVE in We Got Married (WGM)!!


Seriously, the Song Jae Rim x Kim So Eun couple is like nothing you’ve ever seen on WGM before! And you’re talking to someone who’s watched quite many seasons and couples of We Got Married, k?

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This couple is freaking exciting to watch, and they’re uber funny too! The LATEST ONE (EP 4) was so fabulously niiiiice! Watch watch!

Of course, it helps that he’s not just eye-candy on the face, he has an extremely hot body too! The sexy banter and even the omnipresent sexual tension are just toooooo…. riveting!

And they’re only at episode 4! Which means you can easily catch up if you ain’t already watching. I highly recommend! Really really really recommend!

Kim So Eun’s a wonderful delight too! Never would have I thought that the sweet young thing in Boys Over Flower packs such attractive feistiness!

What a purrrrrfect match! Pun fully intended coz they’re both cat lover and yes, they both own cats!

Seriously, what are you still doing here on my blog? Go and watch it already!!

It’s available on 千寻影视 (qian-xun-ying-shi) app, or you can also watch it online HERE.


Since I’m so nice, I might as well give you the links to all four episodes aired so far!

Ep 1
Ep 2
Ep 3
Ep 4 *screamssss!*

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If you watch it on Qian-xun, it’s the entire episode with all the three couples, but the Dailymotion links that I’d given you above are only the SJR-KSE cut ^^

If you’re curious and wanna watch the other couples on Dailymotion, click HERE.

(I absolutely adore Hong Jong Hyun! But Yura’s laughter can be a little overwhelming sometimes…. And I totally cannot stand the other couple, Hong Jin Young and Nam Goong Min. Hope they leave the show after their 200-day anniversary trip to Jeju!)


This is a very popular fansite when it comes to Korean variety shows and also anything relating to SNSD coz the owner of the site is a SONE (=SNSD fan). You can click HERE to check out what other shows she shares on her site.

Sorry, Chinese subs only coz I personally prefer Chinese subs since the Chinese language is a lot closer to the Korean language than English. the Chinese sites tend to be faster with their translation too!

We Got Married airs on Korean broadcasting station MBC every Saturday evening, so the Chinese-subbed vids are usually out by Sunday!

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Did you see those arms? It appears that he doesn’t just have hot arms, his entire body is smokin’!

And after watching the first ep, I got incredibly excited and went to squeal on Twitter. FELLOW NOONA FAN YEN replied my tweet to tell me she’s just as besotted and we were yakking about how hot this guy is and all that jazz.


He’s one of those model-turned-actor! Think So Ji Sub (again, hee!) think LEE SOO HYUK, and think HONG JONG HYUN!

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Anyway, yen told me Song Jae Rim’s appeared in a very recent TVN drama about some mermaid… Oh, I totally love TVN! It’s sorta brought back romantic comedies that I love love love to bits and pieces!

Besides, being a cable channel, it can afford to go a little racier and sexier than the usual TV stations *giggles*

Back to the TVN drama, it’s called SURPLUS PRINCESS. Song Jae Rim’s the second lead though.

The drama was supposed to be a 14-16 ep one, but unfortunately ratings wasn’t impressive enough and IT GOT TRIMMED DOWN TO 10!

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Feel so sad for the cast coz they were obviously hoping that the drama would do well! i was just reading THIS COSMOPOLITAN INTERVIEW and they were still happily talking about the drama having 16 episodes…

The drama wasn’t that bad lah! A little silly and fluffy, but hey, don’t we all need a bit of marshmallow and cotton candy in our lives?

It was 10 episodes of light-hearted entertainment to me. And one of fave Korean entertainment sites SEOULBEATS agrees with me, yay!


And I can’ really talk about Song Jae Rim and this mermaid drama without at least giving his apple hips a mention!

So funny how the female lead, yessss, the mermaid, was so obsessed with his butt!

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And omona! They were already indulging in some UNDERWATER DEEP KISSING (oh well, as deep as TV allows) in the first episode! And she grabbed his butt!!

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Incidentally, my BFF is also following We Got Married religiously and fervently. Yes, coz of this electrifying couple, hehe! We got to talking about it over our KFC dinner last Saturday, and I shared with her thr apple hips part in the drama (since she ain’t watching it.)

Her response after I googled and showed her the apple hips photos from the drama? Aigoo, she said she wished he’d turn around! *screams and fans self*

Since he’s a model before…. there actually are a few photos of his… front… *blushes* (You may wanna click HERE if you’re a curious cat too. Shhhh…)


Before I go off for my oops-itz-already-so-late sleep, I’ll leave you with one more tidbit on Song Jae Rim.

Whoa, he was actually in one of 2NE1’s earlier MV! Song’s called Go Away, and he played CL’s abusive boyfriend.

Go watch, he was sporting longish hair during that time. HERE’s the link!

Chicken Up… Once More!

Remember MY CHICKEN UP OUTING with YYANN earlier this month?

That was a rather pleasant experience and I’d gone away telling myself I oughta go back for a return visit. Really wanna try the chicken and eat them while still piping hot this time! And, hehe, I was craving for andong chicken (Jjimdak)!

So… we went back to CHICKEN UP last night!

The most irritating thing about Chicken Up is that they don’ take reservations and I heard the waiting time can be one to two hours! I can’t imagine waiting that long for a table!

Anyway we decided to go early so that we had a better chance to get a table without waiting long. Dinner time starts from 5:30PM at Chicken Up and we managed to get one of the few remaining tables when we got there close to 6:30PM.

We had three different starters, three different types of chicken and we also had the andong chicken. My suggestion for everyone eating there is not to order everything at one go. Yup, consider pacing your orders so that food is served progressively and you can eat them while hot.

What’s better than yummylicious Korean Fried Chicken (KFC)?

Piping hot KFC!


Me a fan of tofu kimchi, so we ordered that.

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I believe most places serve the tofu plain (and white, hee!) But at Chicken Up, they actually pan-fry the tofu. In case you haven’t tried this before, you might wanna know the kimchi’s served hot too, not cold like banchan (side dish).

My verdict? Not bad! But I suspect the chef has adapted the dish to suit local palette, so the kimchi is less fermenty-sour. Me hardcore, I like my kimchi ‘old’ ^^

Good as a starter, so go for it!


We also ordered the corn cheese, supposedly a specialty with a thumb-up symbol on the menu. We didn’t try this the last round, so was curious about how good this is.

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Not sure if it’s me, but I kindda don’t think the cheesy taste goes that well with corn. The cheese overwhelms the corn and it’s a waste coz I totally couldn’t taste the sweetness of the corn.

I’d say this is missable.


I remember enjoying the seaweed roll with jabchae (Kim Mal E) the last round, so we ordered it again last night.

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Hmmm… this was better the first time around. I still like the jabchae filling (me biiiiig fan of jabchae!), but can’t say I like the overall taste the second time I tried it last night. I think it was the sauce I didn’t like.

Perhaps I could ask them to serve it fried with no sauce the next round? Or I could just order the jabchae!


For the chicken, we had ordered the ganjang (soy) chicken first…. coz that’s my fave, keke! And it’s as tasty as I had rememberedit to be!

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We also ordered the Yangnyum chicken, or what I called the niam-niam chicken. Hee, niam-niam is sticky in Hokkien! It’s OK, not my fave… think I prefer my KFC drier! Guess it really boils down to a matter of preference.

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Next up is Spicy Up!

There are two spicy versions of KFC at Chicken Up. Spicy Up is the milder one, and the supposedly more lethal one is named Suicide.

I quite like Spicy Up. I think it brings out the essence of KFC very very well. Like I’d sharedbefore, KFC is about removing the fats under the skin and double-frying it. Yup, that’s how you get the uniquely crispy KFC!

It is quite spicy, but bearably and excitingly so! Go for it!

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Saving the best for last! After polishing the KFC off the plates, we moved on to the andong chicken!

Don’t wanna repeat myself much since I’d already sorta reviewed this in that earlier post. This dish was as fab the second time around. Still, not quite the same as the andong chicken in Korea, but Chicken Up’s version is still a very sumptuous one.

The gravy here ain’t as thick and dense as those n Korea, and over in Korea, they’re also a lot more generous with the chicken, potatoes and glass noodles. And oh, the potatoes are a lot softer and melt-in-your-mouth over in Korea.

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Where’s the boooooze, you’re asking?

Since we had already tried the rose soju, apple soju and pineapple soju, we decided to go ‘mainstream’ and order what every other table seems to be ordering at Chicken Up.

Zzang! Presenting watermelon soju ($38)!

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They would halve the watermelon, dig out the watermelon flesh, blend it into a yummylicious juicy mesh, pour it back, and serve it at your table, complete with dry ice. Yah, it’s actually ‘steaming’ when the server brings the watermelon to your table. They would pour the soju from the bottle into the watermelon at your table.

And yes, you drink this with bowls.

Flower formation optional, haha!

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The taste?

Refreshingly sweeeeeeeeet and niiiiice! If you don’t usually like soju, you might still wanna give this a try, coz the watermelon blend sorta takes away the bitterness and the ‘bite’ of soju.

imageIt’s not cheap to have a Korean meal in Singapore, and even more expensive if you wanna drink too.

So, you might wanna consider the Death by Chicken buffet and/or the all-you-can-drink-for-two-hours Drown by Beer.

Whenever I’m back from a trip in Korea, for months I’ll be lamenting why I didn’t eat more Korean food, and why I didn’t drink more and visit more makgeolli bars and all… It’s delicious and jinjja outstanding value-for-money over there!


We had a lot of fun last night, eating, drinking and yakking away! Hee, we took some welfies to ‘document’ the good times!

Reluctant to call it a night too early, we moved on to Miss Molly’s nearby for second round. Simple, little gem of a hipster cafe! And hehe, they’d put up cute little Halloween touches all around too! Here’s DANIEL FOOD DIARY’ SHORT INTRO on Miss Molly’s.

We were quite lucky to find the place half full when we arrived, coz it was full house soon after we were seated!

They’re famous for their rainbow cake, but hehe, we were too full from dinner to really eat cake.

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The night ended on a rich and sweet note with this! (Okie, I ‘stole’ the photo from Emz…)

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CHiCKEN UP
Chicken Up
Hours: (Lunch, Mon-Fri) 12nn to 2:30pm
Dinner (Mon-Thu) 5:30pm to 2am, (Fri/Sat) 5:30pm to 3am, (Sun) 5:30pm to 12am
Tel: +65 6327 1203 / 9655 9088
48 Tanjong Pagar Road (S)088469

MRT: Tanjong Pagar Station, Exit A
Chicken Up is at the end of Tanjong Pagar Road, towards the Maxwell direction. It is next to 2D1N BBQ restaurant.


MISS MOLLY’s
Opening Hours: (Mon-Fri) 11:30AM to 11:00PM,
(Sat) 12:00 to 11:00PM, (Sun & PH) Closed
Tel: +65 6222 2671
2 Craig Road (S)089662

Why I’m Not for Minimum Wage in Singapore

I’ve been wanting to get this off my (not much of a) chest for the loooooongest time, but some days nights, I get tempted by the call of the Korean variety shows, and on other days nights, I just ain’t in the mood, so I fake a headache, keke!

But I reckon I’d better get started on it before people start thinking this is a food blog. I mean, a food blog with really outstanding (NOT!) photos. Ya, of course I’d noticed that I’d blogged a string of food posts *looks down at feet but obstructed by tum*


Here in Singapore, we have a government that is pro-business, pro-growth and one that believes very strongly in tripartite relations (i.e. government, employers and workers).

Amongst other things, it believes that in order for us to survive and thrive in our small, little, resource-scarce red dot of an island, we need a business-friendly environment so that there will be employment opportunities for all.


What, then, about NTUC, the Labour Movement of Singapore? What are its beliefs? Well, our Labour Chief, Lim Swee Say, recently said this during an interview with MOTHERSHIP,

JOBS ARE THE BEST WELFARE,
FULL EMPLOYMENT IS THE BEST PROTECTION
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Given this, it is hardly surprising that we don’t have Minimum Wage here in Singapore. To just implement something like this wholesale is more dangerous than it looks. Sure, it’s a quick fix.

We’ve a humongous rich-poor gap?

We have lotsa poor people?

Just implement Minimum Wage. Easy-peasy.


Really? If so, why then are some of the so-called strongest and biggest economies of the world WITH Minimum Wage still struggling with the same rich-poor divide problem? If so, why are the poor people supposedly well taken care of by the Minimum Wage system still taking to the streets to protest?

Obviously, something’s not right.


I love love love how THE SMART LOCAL has attempted to explain why Minimum Wage is a terrible idea in such layman terms.

Problem #1: Minimum Wage too high – Workers lose Jobs
Problem #2: Minimum Wage limits future wage increase
Problem #3: Minimum Wage becomes Maximum Wage

It even has a sharply succinct (but rather painful!) image to illustrate the pitfalls. Super apt!

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(image cr: TheSmartLocal.com)


Think Yahoo! agrees with me that it’s a good article, coz I saw the article being syndicated HERE!


I know of some rather loud people making a lot of noise online (and aigooooo, even offline!) about how we should have Minimum Wage in Singapore to help the poor, blah blah blah.

Look, I ain’t heartless. I grew up in a poor family myself, mind you, so I’m all hearts, starry eyes and pinky toes for the poor, especially if they’re old too.

But seriously, it’s already been proven that Minimum Wage doesn’t help the situation at all. It’s only a very, very short-term solution.


Me gonna be snarky here and not name names, but one (he thinks he’s very) SEXY SPIDER has attempted to impress confuse the public with figures, charts and graphs, but he aint telling you everything you need to know.

While Mr Smexy is calling for Minimum Wage and all that jazz in the name of speaking up for the poor in Singapore, he has not shared the other half of the complete picture with you.

Here’s the flip side of the coin, A RECENT U.S. STUDY FOUND OUT THAT STATES WITH MINIMUM WAGES HIGHER THAN THE FEDERAL MINIMUM SUFFER FROM HIGHER UNEMPLOYMENT.

Surprised?

I’m not.

Overall, they found that just a $1 increase in the minimum wage was “associated with a 1.48 percentage point increase in the unemployment rate,” and a “0.18 percentage point decrease in the net job growth rate.”

I’ve already shared HERE that Minimum Wage usually ends up making things worse for the very people it tries to help.

debunked-mythWith the Minimum Wage in place, businesses tend to recruit and retain people with better qualifications and higher skills, leaving out those who truly need help, and those who truly need the jobs. The people who suffer are typically young people without work experience, the elderly, and also those who are less educated or less skilled.

Besides, how much is enough Minimum Wage? Even if it’s in place, that’s not the end of the rich-poor divide discussion. The new point of contention would be how much, and politicians, businesses, unions and the people will probably be moving their argument to whether or not to raise the Minimum Wage, and by how much.

To put it crudely, the Minimum Wage sometimes ends up depriving people of jobs. Coz what it does is that it effectively ‘lays off’ workers who are paid below the prescribed Minimum Wages.

From the same U.S. study, it also unveiled these figures and facts that some spiders and HAMSTERS would prefer that we don’t see.

A higher minimum wage thus led to the unemployment of 747,700 workers and a job growth reduction of 83,300 jobs, the study claims.

The study noted that minimum wage hikes especially took a toll on the employment opportunities for young and low-skill workers.


In other news, you might want to know that SWISS VOTERS HAVE OVERWHELMINGLY REJECTED A PROPOSAL TO INTRODUCE WHAT WOULD HAVE BEEN THE HIGHEST MINIMUM WAGE IN THE WORLD.

http://www.dreamstime.com/-image14905763Many of us have often looked to the Swiss when referring to some ideal standards of living and stuff, ya?

Even they, a whopping 76% of them, rejected Minimum Wage.

Smart peeps, I’d say.

Seriously, if Minimum Wage’s as good as it’s supposed to be, why are the people voting ‘NO‘? Surely the people would WANT to have the security of a high minimum wage, no? But 76% of the Swiss voted ‘NO‘.

Supporters (and that include unions) said the move was necessary for people to lead a decent life.

Critics said it would only raise production cost and increase unemployment. The Swiss Business Federation went so far as to say it would harm low-paid workers in particular.


I agree with our Labour Chief Lim Swee Say that Minimum Wage can be a zero sum game. (See HERE and HERE)

In both theory and real life, there will always be different camps to argue for and against Minimum Wage. And yes, I too think that THE MINIMUM WAGE DEBATE WILL GO ON.

Each school of thought has its own pros and cons, and there’s no way to completely win the debate simply because in a perfect world we live not. We don’t have perfect information, we don’t have unlimited resources, and we don’t have great foresight all the time. So each economy, each society just picks a model that works sufficiently well and with values that resonate with its people and yes, life goes on.


It really is the easiest thing to just say ‘YES’ to Minimum Wage. U.S. President Obama said this,

“Let’s give America a raise, and make our economy stronger!”

Sure, sounds very nice, and the proposed increase of their Minimum Wage from $7.25 to $10.10 per hour would give a very welcomed raise to Americans who already have jobs earning the Minimum Wage. But, that’s assuming they still have their jobs after the raise. Unfortunately, that is unlikely to be the case.

Why? Coz sure, the government can mandate a higher Minimum Wage, but the painful truth is some jobs simply do not produce enough economic value to bear the increase. So what happens then? What the heck do you expect to happen when costs go up without any productivity improvement? Well, the business can either increase prices and pass the costs to consumers, or the business can try to cut costs in some other way for awhile, and then close shop.

Go read THIS WALL STREET JOURNAL ARTICLE that so clearly articulated why Minimum Wage is really Maximum Politics. A quick fix, but no fix… and it’s a very useful political tool to buy votes… until people realize that implementing or increasing Minimum Wage comes with a cost.

Click HERE for yet another article that shared the view that it is politics, not economics, that’s driving the Minimum Wage debate.

If the Minimum Wage is to help the poor, fact is it has been proven repeatedly that it usually ends up HURTING THE LOW-SKILLED WORKERS IT SETS OUT TO HELP.


I’m no mouthpiece for anyone, but I know what sort of Singapore I want.

The last thing I want for us, at least for now, is to turn into a welfare state, or to turn to a Minimum Wage system. However, the government has to acknowledge that there is really a rich-poor divide and the income gap is something that they will have to address. And meanwhile, we have to reach out and help the poor, the old and the destitute, as a country and as a society.

So… while I reject the Minimum Wage system as a total program, I am all for HELPING WORKERS WHO MAY BE SUFFERING FROM SUPPRESSED WAGES IN SELECTED INDUSTRIES.

Yes, am talking about the PROGRESSIVE WAGE MODEL. I’ve already blogged about it at length, so I won’t bore you.

What I’ll do instead is to give you recommended reading! Haha, am sure those familiar with my blog will know that one of the ‘key highlights’ of this blog is that there’re always lotsa reading links!


Mr My15HourWorkWeek has blogged a piece on Progressive Wage Model for the cleaning sector HERE that really touched me. I’ve already said so in a comment to him and also on FB when I’d first read his blog post. He’d said,

And anyway, I am willing to pay 50 cents more for every hawker dish if the bulk of it goes to raising wages for our cleaners. Or higher conservancy fees.

I hope you would be willing too as that plate of char kway teow priced at $3 is an anomaly that is not seen in other developed countries. It’s indirectly subsidised heavily by our cleaners.

I thought those were such powerful words.

Yea, me too. Would be more than willing to pay a little more for my food if it helps the cleaners.

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And know what?

One of the things I love love love about the blogosphere is how people and blogs can be connected in the most surprising ways.

Hehe, this is the cue to bring out one of my fave words in the world, it must be serendipity!


A couple of months back, a certain personal finance blogger GOT MONEY GOT HONEY was lambasting HERE and HERE that Singapore has adopted the Minimum Wage.

Like me, he’s dead set against us implementing Minimum Wage here. He even shared A VERY OLD, BUT VERY GOOD READ.

Yea, he was upset that Singapore had implemented what he’d thought was the minimum wage for the cleaning sector. He had thought we’d blundered, caved in, sold our souls and adopted Minimum Wage.

But one thing led to another, he got to reading MR MY15HOURWORKWEEK’s PWM POST and also MY PWM POST, and whoa, he changed his mind about the Progressive Wage Model!! Here’s how GOT MONEY GOT HONEY BLOGGING ABOUT REVISITING THE PROGRESSIVE WAGE MODEL.


Words cannot describe how I feel inside, you know…

Coz it’s like all the hours spent bending over my iPad to type out the two PWM blog posts are so worth it! I had wanted to create more awareness about how CHEAP SOURCING had caused the wages in some sectors to be suppressed, and HOW THE PROGRESSIVE WAGE MODEL CAN HELP THE WORKERS IN THE CLEANING SECTOR. But to actually manage to change someone’s mind from against to for is really quite something!

Oh, I love blogging!


RECOMMENDED READS
MINIMUM WAGE | GOOD INTENTIONS, BAD POLICY
JS ONLINE | MINIMUM WAGE, BAD POLICY
FORBES | WHY RAISING THE MINIMUM WAGE KILLS JOBS
BLOOMBERGVIEW | RAISING THE MINIMUM WAGE IS STILL A BAD IDEA
BUSINESS INSIDER | MACY’s CEO SPEAKS ON MINIMUM WAGE

Chicken Up is for KFC!

I’d mentioned in MY SEOUL EATS POST that I love KFC. Nope, not Kentucky Fried Chicken, but Korean Fried Chicken, hehe!


Some Background

The Koreans started serving fried chicken alongside ice cold beer from as early as the 1970s. But things really really took a boisterous upturn during the 2002 World Cup when lotsa Koreans would eat KFC and drink beer as they were watching the football matches. From then on, it sorta became ‘staple food’, both eat-in and home delivery!

They call the fried chicken and beer combo Chimaek, which actually combines Chicken and Maekju (beer in Korean).

These days, there’re quite a few KFC CHAINS, but my faves (as of now, anyway) remain Kyochon and Two-Two.

I read that Two-Two basically has it down pat since it has so many outlets. Thank goodness quality’s fairly consistent, so you can’t really go wrong. If you’re visiting Seoul, there’s one right at MyeongDong, so it’s convenient.

As for Kyochon, did you know that it’s the one which started the whole double-fried chicken craze in Korea all the way back in 1991?

Yup, Kyochon supposedly invented the whole double-friend chicken technique to remove the fats from the skin and that makes the skin even crispier and the meat more flavorful! Hehe, now you know!


The Chimaek Fever from the Star

Chimaek’s no longer a secret these days what with Cheon Song Yi (Jeon Ji Hyun’s character) waxing lyrical on it in the very very well-loved drama, MY LOVE FROM THE STAR.

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She was seen craving for and actually eating chimaek in the drama quite a few times. When she was with Doo Min Jun (Kim Soo Hyun’s character), when she was depressed, and when she was at the hospital with her dad.

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Chimaek used to be a darned popular summer thingy, probably coz of the ice cold beer and all. But Cheon Song Yi had single-handedly made it the all-seasons food to crave for! Remember she’d muttered about how the falling snow (or was it first snow?) made her wanna eat chimaek? Ahhhh… what I wouldn’t do to have some now!

All that talk about the drama is making me miss Doo Min Jun! Time to post some pics of the seriously-cute old (400yo!) young man, keke!

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Oops! Wrong pic!!

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Omona! Still wrong!! But hey, it IS his body in those two pics, k?

Let’s try again, hee!

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Fully clothed… Better? *giggles*


Chimaek in Singapore

What about here in Singapore? Can we get KFC too? Of course! I’ve always told everyone that my two fave Korean restaurants here in Singapore are RED PIG and Kko Kko Na Ra.

The former’s a BBQ place and they don’t serve KFC. The latter does, but it’s not a KFC specialty restaurant though. But hey hey hey, we now have an excellent alternative at CHICKEN UP!

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All About Chicken Up!

Even before we move on to talk about the food, Chicken Up has already scored some drumstick points!

Firstly, location’s convenient along Tanjong Pagar Road (it’s next to 2D1N, or aboutv 5-10 minutes walk from the Tanjong Pagar MRT station). Secondly, it has fab nocturnal hours! Yessss! It closes at 2/3AM, woohoo! Thirdly, it is KFC specialty place and the ambience is very much like a chimaek place.

And… I guess many of you would be interested to know that other than beer, soju and makgeolli, Chicken Up also serves soju cocktail! Yup, am talking about stuff like watermelon soju, hehe! Go check THEIR FACEBOOK PHOTOS and you’ll see that the watermelon soju is a clear favorite with singaporeans.

They even have SOJU BOMB on their menu! (But hor, I prefer COJINGANMEK with that half a soju glass of coke for a sweeter aftertaste, hee!)

So it’s really a perfect place to chill, whether it’s just with your better half, your BFF, or with a bunch of chingus. They have all sorts of KFC and other chicken dishes, as well as a good variety of alcohol and other beverages, to suit every palette and every pocket!


One of my dongsaengs POLKADOTYYANN happens to be a blogger whose niche focus is in all things Korean. She was invited by Chicken Up to hop over for dinner last week, and I went along.

Hey, what better way to usher in the last quarter of the year with good old chimaek huh? Besides, I was never known to be someone who would refuse a drink *burp*

It was a Wednesday and oh boy, judging from the crowd and the queue, I guess everyone’s feeling the drag of mid week. Good thing we were invited there and there was a table waiting for us to save us the wait *Phew!*

But hey, they have one of those modern queuing machine thingy at the entrance!

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The last time I saw one was at Overeasy!

Anyway, you just have to punch in your contact number and go find someplace to sit and wait. You’ll be notified on that contact number once a table is ready for your party. And oh, there’re actually chairs provided outside the restaurant for you to sit and wait.

Chicken Up has both indoor and outdoor seating.

Honestly, I’d much prefer to sit outside if we somehow miraculously have four seasons instead of the sweltering heat all year round. So, on a breezier day, go on and try sitting alfresco! I think there’s something neat about having a cold beer outside!

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ZZANG! the table’s all ready to receive us!

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Don’t anyone dare complain about my photos hor!

There’re lotsa excellent food bloggers out there who can take such beautiful photos, so you can go admire those nice-nice photos all you want, k? People who come to my blog know they ain’t getting that here, hee!

Me? I’m a cellphone photographer of convenience! If it’s convenient, and doesn’t require me to walk a mile or rearrange more than five items, OK, I’ll take the photos. Anything more laychay than that, sorry, then I’ll just make do and take from where I’m already seated.

Yup, meet me, BB who dislikes anything even remotely laychay.


OK, back to Chicken Up!

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Wah, they really serve lots and lots of chicken dishes! Under KFC alone, they have:

– Spicy Up
– Crispy Up
– Curry Up
– Yangnyum
– Ganjang Up (Soy)

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Other chicken dishes include:

– Popcorn Chicken
– Andong Chicken
– Suicide Spicy Chicken
– Chicken Cutlet

For noodles, they have Spicy Noodles Up, Black Noodles Up and Japbchae. For soup, they have Fish Cake Soup, Tuna Kimchi Jigae and Ginseng Chicken Soup.

Other than starters and salad, they also have other dishes such as topokki, pancake, sausages, truffle fries, etc. Plenty of choices!


Interestingly, other than a la carte, they actually offer buffet dinner (limited to two hours)! It’s called Death by Chicken, hehe!

And yes, they also have All-You-Drink-Beer (also limited to two hours) called Drown by Beer. Very lethal, both!

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If the chicken buffet is too much for you, you can also opt for the 2-pax or 4-pax sets.

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Me thinks these are fairly good deals!

The basic $49/99 sets include sikhye, which I like! Sikhye is a traditional Korean drink or what some people describe as a Korean sweet rice punch made with barley malt powder and rice. It’s good for digestion and also good for ‘cooling’ the body down.

Or you can also opt to top up $15 to get soju cocktail. Their soju cocktail choices…. not bad!

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Wanna know what we’d tried and what I like? Here goes!

First up, the rose soju!

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The rose soju is a wonderful choice for most girls. It smells grrrrreat and it tastes sweet, but not in an overpowering manner. I believe most girls who are not heavy drinkers will like this. It’s also a nice touch for a couple newly in love, haha!

It normally goes for $35, but there’s a combo going on right now where you can have the rose soju and tteok galbi for only $40 (usual $55!)

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Yes, this is how they serve the rose soju! On a longish serving dish, complete with a stalk of rose and heart-shaped shotglasses!

And of course, the rose presents lotsa photo opportunities and you can go as sweet or whimsically silly as you wish! Here, meet nae dongsaeng YYANN, hee!

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How’s the rose soju?

Gotta preface by saying I don’t really fancy sweet drinks. Yup, I don’t usually drink dessert wine and i’m one of those who take my bubbletea with 0% or the next level up. So can’t say this is my thing, but I’m fairly sure many girls and women would enjoy this.

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It smells really nice.

If falling in love has a scent, I’d imagine it smelling something like this. A little like shy pink cherry blossoms blooming in the breezy spring time.

Oh, gotta say the tteok galbi goes extremely well with the rose soju! But whether it’s worth the $20 for an a la carte order, I’m not so sure. Guess I’d much rather place my $20 on KFC or some booze, hehe!

Best eaten whilst hot, this one!

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Next up, the apple soju ($25)!

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Fwahwahwah! They dug out the apple, including the core to use it as a serving cup!

The apple soju was quite nice… A little tangy and apple-ish, but nice! Cheers!

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We also tried the pineapple soju ($30) which I loved!!

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I don’t normally like pineapple very much, but somehow I enjoyed this! It’s sweet, but not overly so and the combination of pineapple and soju somehow just did it for me.

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If you can’t decide which soju cocktail is your poison, you might wanna know they’ve a soju cocktail sampler listed on the menu. They will let you try five different soju cocktail and you can decide which you like and order the full size. Quite considerate!

And it’s a good way to try the different soju cocktail!


Let’s talk about the food now, shall we? Did you know that Chicken Up prepares your order fresh? I mean they don’t pre-fry or anything like that, so be prepared to wait a little while for your KFC, k?

While waiting, the good people at Chicken Up fed us Kim-Mal-E ($8) and truffle fries ($12)!

Don’t you think Kim-Mal-E sounds like gold sweater (金毛衣!) in Mandarin? *giggles* It’s actually seaweed roll stuffed with glass noodles.

I love love love glass noodles and so I really enjoyed this! Was very good, I thought.

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Everyone’s serving truffle fries these days! And am sure you’ve also come across truffle fries that don’t even have a whiff of truffle even when you place it right under your nose.

The truffle fries at Chicken Up? Passed! I don’t mean I’d pass up on it, but that it’s passed the test, keke! But I think it goes better with beer though.

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And now, the real deal… the chicken!

We tried three different types of KFC, namely, the Ganjang Up (Soy Chicken), Yangnyum (sweet sauce) and Spicy Up. Hee, I’d also listed them in order of my own preference!

Here, peeps, meet Gangang Up, the soy chicken! This is supposedly most people’s favorite too, according to the menu.

I really like how crispy and flavorful the thin chicken skin is, and it goes well with ALL the drinks on our table, woohoo! Doesn’t feel oily at all!

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I also quite like the Yangnyum chicken which is KFC dripped with Chicken Up’s own sweet sauce. This is very kids-friendly!

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Then, meet Spicy Up!

Maybe it’s the cut of the chicken. I personally prefer wings and ribs. This serving consists of very meaty parts which I don’t fancy personally. Besides, we were taking too long with the photo-taking and trying out other food that Spicy had gotten a tad cold by the time I got to it…

So, hmmm, this is the least of my fave. Not that it’s bad, just that I’ve had better.

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Are you, by any chance, wondering how come there’s no sign of maekju (beer) when I started off with this post talking about chimaek?

Hehe, of course, we’d ordered beer too! ZZANG!

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Other than KFC, we also tried the Andong Chicken ($33/48) at Chicken Up.

I love andong chicken! I’ve been trying to find a place that serves good andong chicken in Singapore for years now, but unsuccessfully. Along the way, I’d tried some bland ones, some near-awful ones, and some super sad sorry of an excuse of andong jjimdak.

It’s, in fact, gotten to a point I’d more or less resigned to the fact that I could only eat andong chicken when I’m in Seoul. So I wasn’t the least bit hopeful when the Chicken Up peeps asked if we wanted to try their version.

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Yea, I know, it doesn’t look like much. It’s only partly due to my sad photography skills, coz the real thing didn’t exactly look like much either.

But fwah! Surprise, surprise! It was very tasty!

It didn’t really taste like the andong chicken I’m used to, but there’s no denying the Chicken Up version was a very yummy concoction! It’s peppery-hot, and it hit you sorta afterwards, so tread with caution. But it’s good! Even better with rice!

Nom nom! Now I know where to get my fix when I crave for Andong chicken! Not bad, not bad at all!


All in, the Chicken Up outing last Wednesday was a fab one. The food was more yummylicious than I’d expected. And I must say it’s worth every compliment that it’s gathered since it started business back in 2010.

In case anyone’s wondering… Unfortunately, KFC at Chicken Up is not halal-certified, but they’d said on Facebook that they don’t use pork or lard though.


And oh! Did you see RAZOR TV VIDEO that interviewed Singaporeans why they loved KFC so much? It was pretty much mostly shot in 4Fingers though, which I also love!

And… the same Razor TV crew also got two staff to do a blind test of KFC served in Singapore and to pick the best. Guess who emerged the winner?

Yup, Chicken Up ftw!


Chicken Up had also won the hearts of reputable food bloggers like DANIEL FOOD DIARY and SETH LUI. You can also read more about Chicken Up HERE.

Oh, go follow them on FACEBOOK coz they often run promos and announce it there!


What’s up with ChickenUp Little?

Seems like business is going swell for them and they’re on expansion mode!

They’ve just opened up a kiosk concept at Bugis! It’s not a full chimaek place like the Tanjong Pagar one, so they’ve calling the Bugis one ChickenUp Little!

So cute hor?

I understand that it’s within a coffee shop, so you can either takeaway or eat it there in the coffeeshop. How quaint and uniquely Singapore! Fancy a Korean fried chicken outlet located within an as-local-as-can-be coffeeshop!

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Chicken Up
Hours: (Lunch, Mon-Fri) 12nn to 2:30pm
Dinner (Mon-Thu) 5:30pm to 2am, (Fri/Sat) 5:30pm to 3am, (Sun) 5:30pm to 12am
Tel: +65 6327 1203 / 9655 9088
48 Tanjong Pagar Road (S)088469

MRT: Tanjong Pagar Station, Exit A
Chicken Up is at the end of Tanjong Pagar Road, towards the Maxwell direction. It is next to 2D1N BBQ restaurant.


ChickenUp Little
Hours: 11:30am to 11:30pm
Tel: +65 9834 6540
52 Queen Street, #01-05 (S)188539

Updated 2014.10.12
I’d gone back to Chicken Up last night and woohoo! Am happy to share that it didn’t disappoint during the return visit.

Check out the photos and some notes HERE